We Democrats

Here is one last pitch for Chuck Pennacchio.

For what do we Democrats stand? Is it privacy? Perhaps it is equality and the separation of church from both state and science. Do we believe in protecting the environment? Do we favor diplomacy over preemptive war? Should we asking the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes? In short, do we believe in the common good?

For far too long in the face of fear, we have lived by a policy of appeasement. As the reactionary right has ascended to dominance, we Democrats have softened our beliefs to fall in line with Republican values. As Republicans have overtaken our elected majority by vigorously appealing to their base, we Democrats have asked ourselves the wrong question: Are we too liberal? Furthermore, should we pursue a more conservative path? Instead of reconnecting with our base--the people who would regularly vote for us--Democrats have sought to capture the less reliable swing-voter. While trending to the right, Democrats have falsely assumed that our base will automatically turnout on election day. The result, rather than being a viable alternative to the Republicans, has been a muddled Democratic vision attractive to no one.

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Paging those Funny Liberals: MockSantorum!

My friend, and fellow Young Philly Politics blogger, Ray Murphy, recently started a wonderful group:  Philadelphians Against Santorum.  Philly Against Santorum (PAS) is a group that is aiming to do what Moveon did in Philly in 2004:  pump local turnout by going door to door, and ensure Santorum goes down in flames.  Ray was the Philly chief for Moveon in 2004, so, he is eminently qualified to undertake such a huge task.

And, now, fellow bloggers, PAS needs your help:  Ray has launched a contest, (with prizes!) and I think many on MyDD and the entire liberal blogosphere would be wonderful participants:  It is called MockSantorum.

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PA Democratic Primaries May 16 Offer Rich Opportunities

Pennsylvania has 19 congressional seats and a U.S. Senate seat in the November election, making it one of the most important battle grounds in the country. Rick Santorum, one of the most narrow-minded, bigoted, extreme right-wing and corrupt of anyone in the entire Congress, is widely thought to be the incumbent senator with the least chance for survival. Currently among the 19 House members 11 are Republicans, all of the rubber-stamp variety. Not a single one ever stands up against the extremist Bush-DeLay-Boehner agenda. Several of these rubber-stamp Republicans are thought to be in as much jeopardy from the voters as is Santorum, particularly Jim Gerlach (PA-06), Curt Weldon (PA-07), and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and possibly Phil English (PA-03).

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Why Bob Casey will lose

(cross-posted at Booman Tribune)

I'm sure many of you may disagree with the premise of my diary - after all, several polls still show Casey with double-digit leads over Rick Santorum, such as Quinnipiac's latest poll. However, Matt Stoller's analysis of the latest Rasmussen poll may give us some cause for concern.

My reasons, though, for Bob Casey's defeat in November 2006 have more to do with the impression I got of his campaign when a senior staffer visited the 27th Ward Committee meeting last night. I had decided to attend to get a feel for the local politics of the area, and although I couldn't stay for the whole time (I missed Valerie McDonald-Roberts, who spoke shortly after I left), I did get to listen to the pitch for Bob Casey. One would expect to be more inspired after learning more about a candidate, but after this one, I was less inspired and less inclined to donate any time to the Casey campaign.

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on blogging

Let me just add that casting aspersions on my motives as a few of you are doing in the comments is just stupid.  I don't have a personal problem with anyone I write about, I'm just trying to call it like I see it, and sometimes that means describing how Democratic elected leaders are selling us out for pixy dust.  Also, choice is a critical, you know, value, and pushing progressive values is kind of why I'm in politics.  Frankly, I'm continually surprised at how angry commenters get when a blogger criticizes Schumer or other leaders for undermining our values in the pursuit of an unprincipled political strategy.  We are not a monarchy, and you should not expect me to be quiet when I believe we are being sold 'electability' snake oil.  

And to continue this mini-rant, you want to know why Democrats lack vision and principle?  It's because the moment you start talking principles a bunch of whiny insider Democrats and beaten down progressives start screeching 'you can't run on that it's too complicated it stop being mean to Chuck Schumer he's going to win the Senate back for me'.  Well I have news for you - the last person Schumer cares about is you.  Enough is enough.  Stand for something.  And next time you get mad at the Democratic leadership, look in the mirror and try to figure out what you can do better to help push your principles into the political system.  It's not a message issue.  It's not a strategy issue.  It's a guts issue.  Get some courage, and organize, and tell the truth.  That's how immigration is going to be turned, because that community is standing up for themselves.  And in a few months, you'll see that the immigration debate has been shaped, not by message, but by people just like you.

Well I'm standing up for myself on this blog, and hopefully for a few of you out there.  I'm explaining why the Democratic elected leadership doesn't care about us, doesn't want us around, and acts like we are an ATM to be tossed aside.  That means discussing political strategy, and it means criticizing Chuck Schumer, a fearsome and incredibly intelligent man.  But I'm going to keep doing it because he makes really awful decisions that undermine our principles and a long-term viable governing coalition in which we can play a part.  This Casey decision is bad politics on so many levels, but only one of them is electoral.  The reality of our current predicament is that there is no cavalry coming to set things right.  The progressive movement you see right now is it.  And if we can't figure out how to turn this ship around, it's going off into the right-wing yonder.  And if you can't handle this, find another blog.  There are 30 million of them out there.

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